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Earthquake Trail, CA

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Distance Loop 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 110 feet
Elevation Gain 25 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.13
Interest Historic & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
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4  2013-07-28 JimmyLyding
Author JimmyLyding
author avatar Guides 111
Routes 431
Photos 4,307
Trips 716 map ( 4,298 miles )
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Walnut Creek, CA
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Preferred   Apr, May, Mar, Nov → 5 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:58am - 6:10pm
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Nature Loop Over San Andreas Fault
by JimmyLyding

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The San Andreas Fault is the single biggest reason why Point Reyes is so unique. The Pacific side of the fault moves north as the eastern side slides south, frequently resulting in destructive earthquakes. The famous 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Loma Prieta Earthquake (also known as the "World Series Earthquake" because it occurred mere minutes before game 3 of the World Series between the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants) were caused by the fault. Even though most people who spend any amount of time in the Bay Area are likely to cross over the fault many times, this short and easy hike is an opportunity to visit an area that has remained relatively unchanged since the 1906 quake.

The hike starts next to a bathroom (running water) at the northeast corner of the large dirt parking lot that lies southeast of Point Reyes National Seashore's nice visitors center. This trail is entirely paved, and there are interpretive signs every few hundred yards. The live oaks, eucalyptus, bay laurel and sycamore trees frame a landscape that has retained its essential character for centuries.

There is an exhibit depicting a section of the fence that ran across the area in 1906 that shows how the earthquake moved the 2 sections apart by about 20'. The fence is obviously a recreation, but it shows how much danger lies under our feet. Continue on the path as it leaves the small creek near the fence and enters a more open area that has nice views of the trees. The trail soon ends, and hopefully you'll have time for a more adventurous hike after seeing this slice of history.

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2013-08-01 JimmyLyding
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Point Reyes National Seashore National Park
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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Hwy 101 in San Rafael, CA take the 3rd Street exit, go through 2nd street from the offramp, and turn left/west. Take 3rd for 3 miles until it merges onto Sir Francis Drake continuing west. Take SFD 15 miles to the town of Olema on Hwy 1. Go right on Hwy 1 for a block, then turn left on Bear Valley Rd. for 1/2 mile. Go left into the National Seashore at the prominent sign and park wherever. There is a visitors center with a small gift shop, but no food. There are also a few picnic areas near the trailhead.
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